Japan wants to ban the sale of gasoline or diesel vehicles in the 2030s

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TOKYO | Japan wants to ban the sale of new gasoline or diesel vehicles in about 15 years as part of its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, local media reported Thursday.

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The Japanese government and vehicle manufacturers are said to be in discussions on this project, which should take effect in the mid-2030s and could be announced as early as next week, according to the daily. Mainichi who did not cite any sources.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged in October that Japan will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, pushing large groups to prepare strategies to limit their CO2 emissions.

The Japanese announcement was welcomed by conservationists and the United Nations, but Japan, which still relies heavily on fossil fuels, did not detail how it plans to achieve its goal.

The country currently wants to increase the share of low-emission vehicles – both hybrid and electric – to 50-70% by 2030, from 40% in 2019.

California announced in September that no new car sold on its soil could be fitted with a diesel or gasoline engine.

The UK has set an even more ambitious target to ban sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

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